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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Crisis of Judgment

In a crisis, Paul reacted with urgent forewarnings, maintaining hope, counseling, common sense, giving thanks, remaining calm, persevering to the end. In comparison, how do you react to crisis? What is the greatest pressure situation you’re facing now? How can Paul’s example and the principles you’ve learned from his experience help you? What is your part and what is God’s part in the resolution of your storm? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1564).

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. (Henry David Thoreau in Walden)

Paul’s basic principle was to stay steady in the Lord always affirming the way of Christ. His calling required leadership and travel. My calling does not require leadership and travel, but does require contemplation and affirmation. As a retiree it can be expected that I have tons of free time. Just the opposite is the case. At the close of most days I feel a quiet desperation that though I have traveled about the city like a lizard, my true calling has not been met even though I have been conscientiously serving others (and thus not "wasting" time).  Paul’s principle of perseverance is my greatest counsel – to keep on “keeping on” and leaving final judgment as to my efficiency and effectiveness up to God.

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